Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Bryan Berard underwent successful surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back and could return to the lineup in two to three months, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Friday. The surgery was performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Robert Watkins on Thursday.
“Bryan’s surgery was successful and hopefully this will finally resolve the injury situation that has kept him out of the lineup since last January,” said MacLean. “It has been a difficult several months for Bryan, who has worked very hard to get himself ready to play. We expect he will be able to do so after two to three months of rehabilitation.”
Last season, Berard scored 12 goals and 20 assists for 32 points with 32 penalty minutes in 44 games in 2005-06. He set the club record for goals by a defenseman before suffering the injury in late-January and missing the final 31 games of the season. The Woonsocket, Rhode Island, native has played in 554 career NHL games and totaled 71 goals and 227 assists for 298 points with 444 penalty minutes.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Live coverage on FSN Ohio begins with the IceBreaker, pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. and includes the Blue Jackets Ice Cap post-game show immediately following the game. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM Sports Radio 1460 the Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.